With summer just around the corner, the last thing anyone wants is for their scratchy, red, peeling, burning feet to ruin their fun-in-the-sun plans! Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection, and, as its name suggests, it’s pretty common in athletes. Did you know that the upcoming summer season may increase your chances of getting it, too? Public pools, regular trips to unhygienic nail salons, and wearing flip-flops or sandals are some of the most common ways to catch an athlete’s foot. How can you lower your chances and maintain healthy, comfortable feet all summer long? Check out our top tips!
Say Goodbye To Fungi
- Keep feet clean and dry – Dealing with sweaty feet, especially in hot weather, is normal. But if you struggle to manage moist feet every day, it’s super easy to catch fungal infections, and we recommend that you put extra effort into combating this problem head-on. Wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Make sure to dry your feet afterward, including in between your toes. Antifungal sprays and powders may prove to be helpful! Cornstarch or baking soda works, too. Foot soaks are also great for foot fungus.
- Choose the right socks and shoes – Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable, lightweight materials can do wonders when it comes to avoiding athlete’s foot. Certain socks are made of materials that wick away excess moisture and, in turn, make your feet cooler. If your feet sweat a lot during the day, carry around an extra pair or two of clean, dry socks. Change them as needed!
- Protect your feet – Be mindful of your daily habits. Do you share socks, shoes, or nail tools with others? Do you wear protective shower shoes if you visit public pools, gyms, or locker rooms? Is your at-home shower disinfected regularly? Is your local nail salon hygienic? Cross-contamination happens!
Think you have athlete’s foot? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.